Well I may be a day(several months) or so late on this one, but I figured I’ll bring this up to those of you who are still in the dark (if anyone is). If you are unfamiliar with the series, it is a vampire-romance-esque sort of series that was published as a trilogy back in 1991. Pressure from fans forced L.J. Smith to write a fourth novel and equal pressure/encouragement would lead to another eleven or so books being constructed. This is old news, but I read a post on the Anne Rice fanpage a piece of news delivered at The Wertzone regarding the firing off L.J. Smith from her own series. Though she will still be recognized as the creator of the franchise, she will no longer be working on any future novels in the series.
Now in all legality there was no foul-play conducted. Harper Collins owns the copyright, not the author so they can use the work as they choose. How about morally? Supposedly, the reason she was booted from the series was her take on the new trilogy being written. Smith was deviating away from core character relationships strengthened in the early novels. So they fired her?
I think this is wrong in about fifty different levels and I wish I had learned of this earlier.
Answer below in the comments please 🙂